Douglass to be guest at Genealogy Club
Nov. 13, 2013 – Mary Douglass, professional genealogist, will be the guest at the November meeting of Salina Public Library’s Genealogy Club. The group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Technology Center Training Lab.
Douglass will explain the use of nonpopulation Census schedules in genealogical research. These schedules include agricultural, industrial and social statistics from the times they were conducted.
“In my experience in using these records, I've learned exact death dates and causes before state registration began,” Douglass explained. “I know which of my ancestors were blind, lame, mentally deficient, etc. from the 1880 schedule. I can follow my ancestors' farming practices, including how many species of livestock they owned, right down to the number of dogs. I learned what field crops they grew. I learned which ancestors were blacksmith, millers, etc. Usually only the head of household was listed, or the deceased, or handicapped. In using these records, the researcher gets a more complete picture of how his ancestor lived.”
Douglass has more than 40 years experience writing and lecturing. Arcadia Publishing recently published her book “Salina’s Historic Downtown.” She is the owner of Historical Matters and has worked for Smoky Hill Museum, Kansas Humanities Council and the American Association of Museums.
The Genealogy Club meets informally to share knowledge of genealogy research and resources. Beginning and experienced genealogists are welcome.
Desktop computers will be available for use during club sessions. Members also can bring their own laptop computers. There will be WiFi access and electrical outlets. The club will have access to books, databases and printing. Computer skills are required.